Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Uncut
    May 25, 2018
    It's warm and weird, but suddenly no stranger than the world around it. [Jul 2018, p.32]
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    Rhys' words may be filled with dread but his music offers solace in its deftly executed songcraft and reassuring soft focus, which means Babelsberg can soothe the very emotions it stirs up.
  3. Jun 8, 2018
    The further you get into the album, the more you realise how integral the orchestral arrangements are.
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    It’s a record in its creator’s image; curious, insightful, eclectic and - most of all--good fun, against the odds.
  5. Jun 7, 2018
    It’s a heart that’s filled to bursting on Babelsberg: you can’t really imagine a better soundtrack for the end of the world.
  6. Jun 7, 2018
    Rhys trades some of his characteristic quirkiness, colorfulness, and experimentation for classier and more unified slices of orchestral pop. In doing so, he offers a wise and mature sequence whose refined yet complex splendor allows it to achieve its own identity while also offering enough trademark elements to entice fans of his past triumphs.
  7. 80
    The lens of amusement and sympathy through which Rhys views the turning world around him brings new life to the lineage he draws and draws from.
  8. Mojo
    May 25, 2018
    Babelsberg is, without doubt, one of the finest expressions so far of Rhys's talent. [Jul 2018, p.90]
  9. Q Magazine
    May 25, 2018
    Even if there's a sense of darkness descending, in his best solo album yet, Gruff Rhys paints with bright and uplifting colours. [Jul 2018, p.109]
  10. May 25, 2018
    Babelsberg is ultimately a sorely-needed tonic. Mellow-sounding, but hefting weighty humanitarian concerns on its back, it boasts a you-are-here focus normally only accorded to those who are about to peg it.
  11. Jun 6, 2018
    The result is a rich, nuanced pop album that feels like something French from the late ’60s.
  12. Jun 25, 2018
    For all its lavish instrumentation and weighty subtext, however, Babelsberg never overwhelms Rhys’ preternatural gift for writing swoon-worthy melodies.
  13. Sep 10, 2018
    Whether or not it's a world that one would choose, Rhys gives it a better soundtrack than it probably deserves.
  14. Jun 5, 2018
    Babelsberg's ten songs comprise a confident, fully realized soundtrack to a quasi-fictional dystopia.
  15. 60
    Ten tracks of seemingly upbeat alt-pop, Babelsberg is a record that on the outside appears bright and breezy, bordering almost on the whimsical. Dig deeper however, and it quickly begins to reveal itself as a wryly written document of current social and political climates.

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